See also: family


Plucky is most often used in self-control mode. But some users, especially some parents, would prefer other-control mode, meaning a person other than the primary computer user has control over the configuration of Plucky. That’s what a restricted device is for.

A restricted device is a computer on which Plucky is installed and for which the little red restricted button has been pressed on . Once a device has been restricted, configuration changes can only be made by the registered device owner after logging in .

This is how Plucky implements password protection.

How to set it up

Imagine Edmund has found the self-control mode has not worked well, and both he and Susan think life would be better if she were in charge of Edmund’s Plucky configuration. Here’s how they do it.

  1. Susan installs Plucky on Edmund’s computer if it isn’t already installed.

  2. Susan creates an account for herself on

  3. If Edmund already has an account on, he must visit his device’s webpage and click the liberate button to relinquish control of his device.

  4. Susan then logs on to as Susan using Edmund’s computer. The website informs Susan that she now owns Edmund’s device.

  5. Susan navigates to the webpage for the device by clicking on her name in the upper right hand corner of the page, selecting profile, and on her profile page, clicking on the computer name.

  6. Susan creates a new general configuration for Edmund’s device.

  7. Susan configures the new configuration. She decides to import the classic and the no programs configurations to start. She also enables the system feature in the main configuration by typing:


    in the edit tab of the configuration.

  8. Susan clicks the red “restrict” button.

  9. Susan runs this command on the computer in a console window:

    pluck sync
  10. Susan restarts the computer.

After performing the above steps, the allow and block buttons will not change the device configuration. Instead they will submit suggestions that Susan may approve or reject. Similarly, configuration changes made in a console window will have no effect. Susan can now configure Edmund’s device by simply logging into the users site from any computer she likes.


An alternative to a restricted device is to set a long delay on the device, say 7 days, and to then rely on the approver and inspector system to help Edmund stay on track.

Last updated: 2024-01-15